María Elena Pombo

1988: Born in Caracas (Venezuela).

2005: Graduates High-School. Starts studying Production Engineering at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas (Venezuela).

2009: Moves to Lyon (France) to continue engineering studies at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon.

2010: Moves to Paris (France) to intern at a cable-manufacturing company. Decides not be an engineer. Returns to Caracas (Venezuela) to finish studies.

2011: Graduates from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas (Venezuela). Moves to New York to attend Parsons School of Design.

2011 - 2013: Interns for various independent design and media companies in the fashion industry. Realizes maybe one experience in a larger company would be responsible. Takes an internship at Michael Kors in their technical design department.

2013: Graduates from Parsons School of Design. Starts working at Michael Kors as an Assistant Technical Designer. Discovers that plants can color fiber. Is skeptical at first.

2014 - 2016: Works as an Associate Designer, then Designer, then Senior Designer for various fashion-design companies. Different self-initiated creative projects, including the hard to pronounce Rumspringing and the project formerly known as Native Outpost, who gave one rib for the creation of Fragmentario and is now called Post Route.

2016: Conceives Fragmentario as a project that will host many other imperfect projects and starts working on it while being the senior designer of an activewear company. Eventually realizes a choice between the two will be necessary. Wants to choose Fragmentario but is scared of leaving her job. The USA presidential election happens and for many reasons, functions as a (slow) catalyst and quits fashion job some weeks after it.

2017 - ???: Her grandmothers become very confused about her work. One thinks she works in a supermarket, the other one that she sells hemp.

Probably relevant:
- Likes to run marathons but is currently on a self-imposed running rehab
- Daughter & granddaughter of immigrants
- Particular about words

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